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May 6, 2015
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German Catholic Church opens labour law more to divorced and gays

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(CURA Catholic hospital in Bad Honnef, Germany, February 2014/Leit)

Germany’s Roman Catholic Church, an influential voice for reforms prompted by Pope Francis, has decided lay Catholic employees who divorce and remarry or form gay civil unions should no longer automatically lose their jobs.

Catholic bishops have voted to adjust Church labour law “to the multiple changes in legal practice, legislation and society” so employee lifestyles should not affect their status in the country’s many Catholic schools, hospitals and social services.

May 5, 2015
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China protests against U.S. report citing “severe violations” of religious freedom

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(Chinese police usher people onto a bus at the site of a planned outdoor service by the Shouwang Church at the Zhongguancun commercial district in Beijing in this still image from April 10, 2011 video. Hundreds of Chinese police scrambled to prevent a planned outdoor service by the “homeless” church. REUTERS/Reuters TV)

China has lodged a protest with the United States after a U.S. government commission said Chinese violations of religious freedom were “severe” and “systematic”, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Apr 5, 2015
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Prayers were no defense as Kenya gunmen sought out non-Muslims

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(A man looks through a window of Garissa morgue at bodies of suspected Garissa University College attackers, April 4, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

The mistake they made was to pray to Jesus.

An eyewitness of the deadly assault by Somali Islamist militants on a Kenyan university spoke on Friday of three female students he saw executed as they begged for mercy.

Mar 27, 2015
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Book Talk – The link between corruption and violent religious extremism

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(Farmers at their opium poppy fields near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on April 10, 2004. REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

Sarah Chayes went to Afghanistan in 2001 as a journalist, stayed on as a development worker and became an expert on the link between corruption and violent religious militancy described in her book “Thieves of State”.

Mar 26, 2015

Book Talk: Morality and politics must mix, Chayes says

By Tom Heneghan

(Reuters) – Sarah Chayes went to Afghanistan in 2001 as a journalist, stayed on as a development worker and became an expert on the link between corruption and violent religious militancy described in her book “Thieves of State”.

The subtitle – “Why corruption threatens global security” – summarizes her view that United States support for corrupt Afghan politicians over the past decade fanned grassroots anger there and boosted support for the resurgent Taliban militants.

Mar 11, 2015
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Jean Vanier, advocate of disabled, wins $1.7 million Templeton Prize for 2015

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(Jean Vanier outside his home in Trosly-Breuil, France, on March 7, 2015/Tom Heneghan)

Jean Vanier, a Canadian who launched an international network of communities for the mentally disabled, has won the 2015 Templeton Prize worth $1.7 million for affirming life’s spiritual dimension.

Mar 11, 2015

Advocate of disabled wins $1.7 million Templeton Prize for 2015

TROSLY-BREUIL, France (Reuters) – Jean Vanier, a Canadian who launched an international network of communities for the mentally disabled, has won the 2015 Templeton Prize worth $1.7 million for affirming life’s spiritual dimension.

The U.S.-based John Templeton Foundation announced the award on Wednesday in London, calling him “this extraordinary man” whose message of compassion for society’s weakest members “has the potential to change the world for the better”.

Mar 11, 2015

Advocate of disabled wins $1.7 Templeton Prize for 2015

TROSLY-BREUIL, France (Reuters) – Jean Vanier, a Canadian who launched an international network of communities for the mentally disabled, has won the 2015 Templeton Prize worth $1.7 million for affirming life’s spiritual dimension.

The U.S.-based John Templeton Foundation announced the award on Wednesday in London, calling him “this extraordinary man” whose message of compassion for society’s weakest members “has the potential to change the world for the better”.

Feb 25, 2015
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France plans broader dialogue with its large Muslim minority

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(A mosque near council housing blocks in Aulnay-Sous-Bois, near Paris, January 22, 2015.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

France outlined plans for a broader dialogue with its Muslim minority on Wednesday after the faith’s official council proved unable to deal with the challenges presented by Islamist radicalisation.

Feb 19, 2015
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German Catholic archdiocese reveals it’s richer than Vatican

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(Lightning strikes the Wallraff-Richartz-Museum next to Cologne cathedral on 13 July 1994/Reuters. 
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The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Cologne in Germany has disclosed it is worth 3.35 billion euros ($3.82 billion), making it richer than the Vatican.